History & Genealogy of
Worth Township
Presented by Illinois Genealogy Trails

©Kim Torp

Cities & Towns within Worth Township:

Blue Island
Chicago Ridge
Evergreen Park
Merrionette Park
Oak Lawn
Palos Heights (Incorporated as a city in 1959)
Palos Hills

History .....

Brief history of
Blue Island - "The quaint town was established in 1835 as a way station for Chicago travelers on the historic Vincennes Trail. Many of the first settlers were tavern and general store keepers, blacksmiths and wagoners. Blue Island's early industry was lodging and livestock trading. By 1858, German settlers had established four breweries in the growing city, and in the 1870s, the Rock Island Railroad marked the beginning of Blue Island's transformation into a trade hub. Blue Island's early 20th century history was dominated by heavy industry-food processing, oil refining, brick making and railroads. In the latter half of the century, much of the city's heavy industry was replaced with service and retail businesses."

Blue Island: "A village of Cook County, on the Calumet River and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, the Chicago & Grand Trunk and the Illinois Central Railways, 15 miles south of Chicago. It has a high school, churches and two newspapers, besides brick, smelting and oil works. 1890 Population: 2,521. 1900 population: 6,114. Source: "Historical Enclyopedia of Illinois" 1901

Brief History of Evergreen Park - presented on the Village's website. "In June of 1950, Little Company of Mary Hospital s name was carved in the annals of medical history when the very first human transplant  a kidney transplant operation was performed"

History of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in Midlothian: "The haunted history of the place began in 1844 when the area was set aside as a burial ground, first called "Everdon's". The cemetery saw its first burial that year and it was in steady use until 1965, when things began to drop off. It should be noted that the last actual burial here was in 1989, when the ashes of a local resident were interred on the grounds. However, before that time (and since) the place has been abandoned. In the middle 1800's, the cemetery became known as "Bachelor's Grove", although history is a bit cloudy as to how this name came about. Some have suggested that near the cemetery was a settlement of immigrants, mostly German, who had helped to build the Illinois-Michigan Canal. The settlers lived on small farms and most of the men were unmarried, so the place became known as Bachelor's Grove. Others dispute this and say the name came from a family who lived in the area named "Batchelder", although no real evidence exists to back up these claims."

There's more to this posted story, but it goes on to the more "haunted" aspects of the cemetery. And unfortunately the website where the rest of the story was posted has disappeared. Sorry....

Cemeteries (partial list) .....

Alsip: Holy Sepulchre, First Lutheran, Burr Oak Cemetery, Hazelgreen Cemetery
Blue Island: First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Cedar Park Cemetery & Funeral Home, Blue Island Am. Legion, Beverly Cemetery, Lincoln Cemetery, Oak Hill
Worth: Restvale Cemetery
Palos Park: Sacred Heart Cemetery
Crestwood: Saint Benedicts Cemetery
Oak Lawn: Chapel Hills Gardens South Cemetery
Evergreen Park: Evergreen Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Mary
Mount Greenwood, Mount Hope

Biographies .....

Data Online.....

1880 Mortality Index for Worth

Important Addresses.....

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Rd. Alsip, IL 60803-1197
Phone: 708-371-5666
Palos Heights Public Library
12501 S. 71st Ave Palos Heights, IL, 60463
Telephone 708-448-1473
Blue Island Public Library
2433 York Street
Blue Island, Illinois 60406
(708) 388-1078
9400 S. Troy Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Phone (708) 422-8522
Crestwood Public Library
Street Address: 4955 W. 135th Street
Crestwood, IL 60445-1410
Telephone Number: (708) 371-4090
Hometown Public Library
4331 Southwest Highway
Hometown, IL 60456
Midlothian Public Library
14701 South Kenton Avenue
Midlothian, IL 60445
(708) 535-2027
Fax: (708) 535-2053
Email: mds@sls.lib.il.us
Chicago Ridge Public Library
10400 S. Oxford Avenue
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: (708) 423-7753

"The Local History Room houses a collection of Chicago Ridge memorabilia and historical documents. It is located on the lower floor of the Eugene L. Siegel Municipal Complex, 10455 S. Ridgeland Avenue"
Worth Public Library
6917 W. 111th Street
Worth, IL 60482
ph. 708-448-2855
fax 708-448-9174
 Blue Island Historical Society


The Reporter
12247 S. Harlem Ave.
Palos Heights, IL 60453

Chicago Ridge Citizen
3840 147th St.
Midlothian, IL 60445

Village View
9720 S. Parkside Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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